By Valentina Izmirlieva
This unforeseen juxtaposition of a theological treatise and a mystical amulet permits Izmirlieva to bare lists’ rhetorical strength to create order and to operate as either instruments of data and of energy. regardless of the 2 various visions of order represented via every one checklist, Izmirlieva reveals that their makes use of in Christian perform aspect to a complementary courting among the existential desire for God’s security and the metaphysical wish to undergo his endless majesty—a compelling declare absolute to galvanize dialogue between students in lots of fields.
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23 The reorientation of the corpus from the first to the sixth century, or better yet, its return to its native context, changes radically the landscapes— historical and theoretical—against which the reader is to consider this complex and influential work. The corpus is now stripped of the apostolic garb to which it owed much of its initial popularity and success. Yet precisely because of that, we can finally appreciate it for what it really is beneath the camouflage: the ripe fruit of a ripe age, the perfect epitome of a historical moment when Christian theology had graduated to new levels of maturity and complexity and was primed for syntheses unimaginable five centuries earlier.
Implicitly stressing individual freedom, apophasis may easily assume not only generally anti-institutional but also specifically antiecclesiastical forms. That is why the Church could never wholeheartedly embrace the negative way, searching instead for balance between the negative (apophatic) and the positive (kataphatic) in theology. G chapter three The Synthesis of Dionysius T he Dionysian corpus presents us with something of a paradox. 1 At the same time, it contains the most elaborate kataphatic study to date on the subject of naming God.
This longest— and arguably most reputable—treatise of Dionysius appeared at a time when the positions of the various camps in the theological disputations on divine names, as well as the general doctrinal framework in which they were 24 chapter one embedded, had been articulated with relative clarity. Such an opportune position in the historical trajectory of the Christian experience allowed Dionysius to have both an encompassing and a balanced view of his subject, and the freedom to approach it directly rather than by polemics with others (though in his own narrative, of course, his advantages are attributed not to the fact that he came late enough, but to the fiction that he came first).
All the names of the Lord : lists, mysticism, and magic by Valentina Izmirlieva